Wall - E
This animated feature is, I believe, the first from Pixar Studios newly-merged
with Disney. The news for the future is
good. This is a pretty fabulous start to the partnership.
It's not actually a partnership. Pixar still operates as an independent
entity within Disney, and the Pixar group is still together.
This is quite an extraordinary package. If you're tempted to turn up
your nose and leave it to the kids, forget it. This is for adults
too. I laughed out loud all the way through. And, as with
all Pixar features, there is a short, so don't be late. The short
is hilarious - surely a tribute to the great warner Bros cartoons, and
animator Tex Avery in particular. And don't leave before the end
of the credits. The creidts feature the development of art throughout
the ages and are just about worth the price of admission in themselves.
Wall-E is the story of how 2 robots save th world. But the robots don't
really speak - except through fabulous squeak and crockes and whizzing
sounds provided by Ben Burtt, who provided the voices for the robots in
Star Wars. Apart from a
talking bill-board, there are no human voices for 40 minutes in this
film - it's a feat reminiscent of the 20 minutes of silence at the
start of There Will Be Blood.
Unitl the humans appear, the film could almost be a live-action
one. The state of animation these days is such that it is almost
impossible to tell that wht you are watching is drawn. Not that
I'm saying it looks like the real world - it's just that it look like a
form of reality.
Wall-E is funny and moving and clever and wise. Make the effort to see
it. You'll be impressed.
Oh, and that film he loves - Hello